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Check out this yahoo news story:

'Latest Windows XP Patch Slows PCs

Tue Apr 22, 6:00 PM ET

Joris Evers, IDG News Service

Microsoft's latest security patch can cause computers running Windows XP (news - web sites) to slow down to a crawl, affected users say.

• Windows Flaw Could Allow Attacks

• Another Critical Windows Flaw Found

• Latest Windows Patch Poses Problems

• Microsoft Warns of Windows Flaw

• Microsoft Patches Critical Windows Flaw

Windows XP can take up to ten seconds to start an application after installation of the patch released last Wednesday with security bulletin MS03-013, say some users. The complaint is echoed in dozens of postings on several online discussion boards. Removing the patch brings system speed back to normal, according to these users.

Microsoft is aware of the issue and is investigating it, said Stephen Toulouse, a security program manager with Microsoft's security response center.

"We have been made aware of some isolated cases of customers experiencing performance issues after applying the patch," he said. Microsoft is going by the online reports, he said. No customers have called Microsoft's help desk with the problem, according to Toulouse.

Last Week's Patch

The patch, which Microsoft calls the Q811493 hotfix, was distributed last week on Microsoft's security Web site and through the automatic Windows Update service.

It fixes a security flaw in the Windows kernel, the core of the Windows operating system. The vulnerability is rated "important" by Microsoft, one notch below the highest level on the vendor's severity rating scheme.

The flaw allows attackers to raise their privilege level on a vulnerable system. However, to exploit the flaw an attacker needs to be able to log on to a system, either at the computer or via a terminal connection, mitigating the risk.

Users offering advice online suggest home users experiencing system slowdowns remove the patch as corporate environments with terminal servers and client systems accessed by multiple users are most at risk. Microsoft, however, urges all customers to apply the patch and to call the Microsoft help desk if there are any performance issues afterward, Toulouse said.'

I noticed the slow down quite a bit and it was pissing my wife off because we just bought this expensive 3ghz dell and it was lagging like crazy. I removed the patch and all is fine. Runs fast again.

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